Ertuğruloğlu: “The negotiations in Geneva should be concluded”
The TRNC Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu has stated that all parties should find a way to conclude the ongoing negotiations in Cyprus and that open-ended negotiations should be stopped.
“The negotiations in Geneva should be concluded. Either an agreement will be reached or we can be certain that an agreement will never be reached.”
The Foreign Minister made the comments in a reception of the Adana Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association (MÜSİAD).
Ertuğruloğlu also stated that while the negotiations continue the Turkish Cypriot people do not believe that they do not have any choice other than going into a partnership with their Greek Cypriot partners. Ertuğruloğlu highlighted that this is not the “only option”.
Ertuğruloğlu said that unless the TRNC and Turkish Cypriot people are recognized, like the Greek Cypriot side is recognized as “Republic of Cyprus Government”, it will not be possible to reach an agreement that will satisfy the Turkish Cypriot people in terms of equality and securing their future with the guarantee of Motherland Turkey.
President Akıncı congratulated the new President of the European Parliament
President Mustafa Akıncı sent a letter to Antonio Tajani last Friday and congratulated him for being elected as the President of the European Parliament and wished him success in his new role.
In his letter, President Akıncı expressed that he has “no doubt” that Tajani will contribute to the development of the European Union. Akıncı also mentioned the Cyprus question in his letter.
Akıncı emphasised that efforts have been continuing on the island to reach an agreement based on bi-zonality, bi-communality and political equality. President Akıncı stated that in order to make any agreement that is reached viable, the parameters for a solution should become a part of European Union law.
Çavuşoğlu: “Turkey continues to have a constructive approach to finalising the negotiations in Cyprus”
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has stated that Turkey is continuing its “positive attitude to finalize the negotiations” on the Cyprus question.
Çavuşoğlu made the statement after travelling to Washington to attend the inauguration ceremony of Donald Trump, the new President of the USA. Çavuşoğlu commented on the Cyprus negotiations and the criticism of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras towards Turkey, saying “Greece should be the last country to criticize Turkey on the Cyprus issue. No country or institution has the right to criticize Turkey on this issue – Turkey does not deserve such criticism.”
“We have reached a critical phase in the negotiations. Turkey has maintained her constructive approach at the first ministerial meeting. Turkey clearly expressed what she wants, what she does not want, and the reasons why. Likewise, the TRNC also showed a mature attitude on the sensitive issues under discussion at the talks but the other side came to the talks unprepared. First they wanted a break then they left the table. Despite these setbacks, Turkey continues to have a positive attitude towards finalizing the negotiations. Our stance on the security and guarantees is clear and we have also explained the reasons.”
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